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Romania to hold referendum on marriage

Summary

  • Three million strong initiative ignored for more than two years
  • Citizens will go to vote 6-7 October

BUCHAREST (3.10.2018) – More than three million Romanians supported the civic initiative to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman in their Constitution. On 6 and 7 October 2018, Romanians finally have the chance to cast their vote on this initiative.

“We encourage the Romanian people to uphold marriage as the union of one man and one woman. This relationship is timeless, universal, and unique. Our society should strengthen marriage and the family, not undermine it. This referendum provides millions of citizens, ignored for two years, with the chance to have their say on this fundamental question,” said Adina Portaru, a Romanian lawyer who works as Legal Counsel for ADF International in Brussels.

A referendum for the family

In 2016, the civic group Coalition for the Family gathered three million signatures calling for the constitution to define marriage as “the union of one man and one woman” in the Constitution of Romania. The Constitutional Court approved the initiative in July 2016. The President and the Romanian Senate have now finally allowed the referendum to take place.

On 15 March 2018, 40 Members of the European Parliament across the political spectrum called on the President and the leaders of all political parties to “support the organisation of the referendum without delay.”

ADF International filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Constitutional Court that argued for the referendum to be allowed to proceed.

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